The Would-Be Hubbard Biographer


Maisonneuve, a magazine which likes people to think of it as Canada’s New Yorker, uncorked a nice piece this week about a British Columbia man named Gerry Armstrong.

To the folks who write about L. Ron Hubbard and the prank he played on the world—Scientology—Armstrong’s name is very familiar, although you usually hear it uttered in a certain way. As in, “Poor Gerry Armstrong,” with a solemn shake of the head.

Read Bruce Livesey’s entertaining piece to learn how Gerry went from a man so trusted by Hubbard the old coot authorized Armstrong to write his official biography, to a bankrupt, hounded target of Scientology harrassment who risks being arrested if he ever steps foot in the United States.